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Purple Rain Smoothie

October begins tomorrow and I could not be more excited! One of the things I love about October is all the jacaranda blossoms that beautify my already splendid Nairobi with their intoxicating purple luminescence. The city once again comes alive after the bleak and cold months of July and August. The blossoms fill the air with their fragrant scent as the wind passes through their branches and their dainty bell shaped flowers fall to the ground like purple rain, turning the ground into an enchanted pathway! This beauty inspired today’s smoothie: Purple Rain Smoothie. It is a rich smoothie that is really delicious, great for your skin and your overall health.

Purple rain smoothie


smoothie ingredients
Half a pineapple
2 Bunches of grapes
2 green apples
1 bunch of fresh mint
250g of plain yoghurt
½ a cup of milk

All of today’s ingredients cost just 300 shillings (approx. $3). And if you are making this smoothie for just yourself or a family smaller than mine, it will cost a lot less. Our country has a lot of issues, just like any other on earth, but one of the things I know we were blessed with is the ability to get fresh organic fruits and food at relatively low prices. That is indeed something to be grateful for.

Slice all the fruits and the mint into small pieces and put them in the blender. Pour your milk and yoghurt over them and blend on high speed.

blending fruits

grapes in blender

After they have blended, taste to see if you fancy a little more sweetness. Then add your honey and 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence.

vanilla essence and honey
Blend for another 30 seconds then serve. Garnish with your extra mint leaves if you had any left over.

grape smoothie
You may sieve the smoothie before serving, I did not because I did not want all that fibre to go to waste.

grape and pineapple smoothie
Here are some photos of my purple Nairobi. Cheers to the coming month!

beautiful nairobi city


Nairobi city blossoms

Nairobi in october

Nairobi Upperhill



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  1. Eva

    The bright side of Nairobi indeed, love it! When a working blender becomes a part of my life I shall have a go at this.

    • kaluhiskitchen

      You will enjoy it Eva. It’s so soothing.

  2. Nasi

    This sounds lovely. I’m such a smoothie head, i’m definitely gonna try this. I just stumbled on to your website and im so jazzzed. by the way, those are actually blueberries not grapes 🙂

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Great. Let me know how it goes when you do. Actually, they really are grapes. They are a different species that grow in the drier parts of our country like Ukambani region. Haven’t you ever seen them? I also thought they are blueberries coz they look alike, but they are just a different grape type.
      Happy you love my website, Nasi 🙂

      • Jackline Gathoni Kadala

        I just stumbled upon your blog and i cant work now. Awesome

        • kaluhiskitchen

          LMAO! That’s the effect good recipes have on you. Karibu sana Jackie!

  3. Wiwi Rwa's

    Ohh wooow….Must try

  4. Ng'endo

    Wow! this is absolutely fantastic! Love the blog. Keep it up

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Thank you so much Ng’endo :))))

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